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Facing low enrollment numbers, Santa Rosa City Schools steps up efforts to provide free or reduced-price lunches to students

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John Burgess / The Press Democrat
John Burgess / The Press Democrat

An unexpected consequence of the coronavirus pandemic and the closure of school campuses has been a precipitous drop in applications for a Santa Rosa City Schools program that provides students with free and reduced-price lunches.

Completed applications are way down — approximately 4,000 have been submitted for the current school year, down from nearly 7,500 last year — despite the need being demonstrably higher, according to staffers doling out grab-and-go lunches and breakfasts last spring and through the summer.

The district has served approximately 600,000 meals since schools shut down for in-person instruction on March 13 and moved students into online classes, according to district deputy superintendent Rick Edson. Over the summer, it distributed nearly 261,000 meals.

“That is way above normal,” he said.

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Possible name changes coming for James Monroe Elementary, Luther Burbank Elementary in Santa Rosa

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SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KGO) — Two schools in Santa Rosa are being considered going through a name change. James Monroe Elementary, named after the nations 5th president, and Luther Burbank Elementary, named for the famous botanist.

“It is our responsibility as leaders to own and responsible for our histories,” said Alegria De La Cruz, a trustee for the Santa Rosa City Schools. “The names placed on those institutions may not have reflected an honest understanding of the history of those people.”

De La Cruz and another trustee, Omar Medina, are two voices in what is becoming a chorus for change and reform. “Naming a school after someone is a great honor,” said Medina.

He does not believe that honor to be suitable for a president who owned slaves, especially on a campus where the student body is more than 90 percent Latino. “What we honored in the past is a reflection of the power system that existed.”

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